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What to do with Surplus Vintage Doors: Make a Bench/Pew & Coat Rack!!

Hey friends!  I recently had some leftover vintage doors from all the ones I accumulated for my new booth setup at Antiques Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City, LA.  They were taking up too much room in my garage workspace and I had to figure out something to make with them to get them outta' there!

I've always wanted to build a strong church-style pew with doors so I figured now was a good time to get it done.

I started withcutting the first door in half to make the sides.  I then used a large storage tub to hold up the middle (seat) panel while I could start securing it to the side door panels.

It wasn't easy doing this by myself but once you get the front screw in, then I used wood blocks to prop up the back of the piece to make the slant in the seat bench board.  Then you secure the back screws and fill in the empty spaces with lots more screws.  I used 3.5" screws for added strength - and lots of them!

Above you can see the slant of the seat panel.  I used about 60% of the vertical door for the seat.  I used about 80% of another door that matched the first one to create the backboard.  

It actually didn't need any center support with the strength of the door and all the screws, but I figured why leave it to chance.  I had a set of old table legs on hand and cut one down to size with a top bevel to match the slant of the seat and mounted it in the center.  Now it's even stronger!  None was needed in the back since the back panel has many screws going into the seat panel along the back.

I love that the original hardware was still intact on the side door panels.  It just adds a lot of character.

Across the top, I used some of the vintage handrail I had left onhand from my childhood church that was demolished recently.  The front includes large, vintage yardsticks, bottle openers, and a couple of vintage metal claw accents from old furniture legs.

The whole piece measures seven feet long and around 33" deep.


Moving on to the other creation!  I had the leftover portions of the doors I used for the seat panel and the backboard.  When I saw them leaning together, I knew they would be great for a sturdy coat rack.  

I attached them together and put some neat, vintage, local yadsticks across the front.  I used some vintage locker number tags in sequence to go above each metal rack piece.  I had some extra clipboard clips on hand and thought this would be a good opportunity to make this optional for a retail shop to hang clothes on the brass metal table legs to serve as a large, strong clothes rack sales fixture.  That's why you see my "fake" signage I made to give the impression of what it could be if used in that way.  

Some old metal hinges provide great support when hung on a wall either in the home or a retail shop.

Both pieces can be seen in my Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall booth right now.  But may be moved to one of my other locations in the future.  Check with me if interested!


Retrash Book: A Must-Have this Holiday Season!

Just wanted to strongly encourage everyone to grab a copy of Retrash for yourself, a friend or family member.  Once it comes in, I promise you'll want to keep one for yourself.  

It features a ton of creative artists showing some of their unique work with a bio for each of them so you can learn about them, their mission and how to get in touch with them.  Nathan Devine worked extremely hard to pull all of the information together and fought through and succeeded with a very successful Kickstarter campaign to get the book published.  You can keep track of his efforts at

GadgetSponge is also in there!  I make nothing from the sale of the books, so I hope you see that I honestly recommend this book to you.

Grab your copies (CLICK HERE!).


GadgetSponge Serves Up Q&A in Reloved Magazine - Round #2!

I'm a big fan of Reloved Magazine and it's an honor to get to blab about a few things I've got experience in.  My second contribution in Reloved Magazine is on the racks this month for the December issue.  In this month, I serve up some insight on using old copper pieces for use as an outdoor garden feature.  Click the image or check it out (HERE).

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2014 Christmas Junkers United Repurposed Yardstick & Sewing Machine Drawer Christmas Card Organizer

Hey folks!  Have I got a surprise for you!  You're about to begin a journey through 15 different, amazing blogs celebrating repurposed Christmas-themed creations!  If you're new to GadgetSponge, you can sign your email up on the lefthand side over there or you can follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

First, I'll give you a tease about my particular project right.....about.....NOW!...

I decided, as my part in the presentation, to create a repurposed Christmas card holder using vintage yardsticks, old keys, and an antique sewing machine drawer.  I'll show you my progress pictures in just a second so you'll see how I did it step by step!

So, you are in for a treat with all 15 of the awesome blogs participating bringing you original, repurposed and/or upcycled creations just in time for the holidays.  And each one showing you how to reproduce it for your own household.  After my tutorial, I'll present you a list of the other contributors so you can hop over to their blogs and see what they produced.  So one with the DIY!  Let's Go!....

 Here's the final creation.  Now let's go through it step by step.

I first measured up my plywood piece and cut it out.  I've made a few of these and I've found that 15" wide by 22" tall works great for this design.  You can also sometimes use the wood board off of the top of an antique sewing machine that covers the sewing machine.   It's just about the same size in most cases.  Just another way to repurpose parts from the sewing machine structure!

After cutting the wood and sanding the edges, I grabbed my preferred paint by General Finishes.  It's a milk paint and I really enjoy using it.  I gave the sides and front two coats.

I did some distressing of the wood after the paint dried.  The next step is to either seal it with clear coat or some aging wax.  I prefer Annie Sloan's dark wax to really get into the pits and bring out the warm tones of the wood and paint.

I wanted the nice detail work on the front of the antique sewing machine drawer to really stand out so I decided to use some Modern Masters metallic silver paint.   I dabbed it on lightly with a shop rag so it would only touch the top of the relief work and not the surface of the drawer.

The drawer needs to have a good bond with the back board piece so I lined them up together and pre-drilled holes and screwed them together for a solid connection.

The vintage yardstick and key Christmas tree is the next step.  Find your center and make a faint line up the middle as your guide for lining up the alphabet blocks, the yardsticks, and the keys at the top.

I decided to have some fun and play off the "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" reference.  The vintage designs on these blocks are unrivaled.  

I wanted the thickness of the blocks to match that of the yardsticks.  So I used a scroll saw to carefully cut the tops off.

It's time to put glue to the board!  Carefully apply just enough glue to squish under the blocks.  Remember to line up with your center mark.

For the yardstick Christmas tree, you'll want to use as good of a variety as you can to build the diversity in tones of the wood.  You can also use colored/painted yardsticks.  Cut your yardsticks in a repeated shortening distance to give the staggered triangle shape of a tree.

Grab about five keys to create the star pattern.  I find it best to use whatever has the most contrast against your wood backboard.  I decided to use bright, silver keys to really pop.  The easiest way to start the pattern is to align the bottom two keys on both sides of your center line.  Then you can align the other three and space them for a great star pattern.

The final step is to decide how you want have your Christmas card organizer mount to a wall.  I like to allow the hinge(s) to show which also allows a more flush mounting to the wall.  Others might prefer to mount the organizer much like a framed painting or photo with wire or a nail mount with teeth.

And lastly I decided to torch the back of the piece to give it some more character.  I sanded it afterwards so that there was no burnt residue left.


NOW --- Let's see the finished project!...

Now, how about checking out the other great bloggers that are participating in this great, holiday promotion!?! Click on any and all of the links below to visit their blogs and see what they are up to:


Now, get out there and make sure to check out everyone's great creations and see if any fit your style that you can create for your own home or as a gift.  You can also search Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and such with "#christmasjunkersunited".   Good luck!

Round #2 of Repurposed Wall Hangers --- Continued!

I recently finished up No. 26 & 27 of my repurposed wall hangers from some old door plinths.  You can see the previous ones (HERE) and (HERE) and (HERE).  You can see all the ones available in person at The Agora Borealis.